Tuesday, February 19, 2013

American Kestrel/Wild Birds

Male American kestrel (Falco sparverius) 

Perching on a utility wire, this colourful and fierce American kestrel is North America's smallest falcon

Slate-blue head and wings, rusty-red back

Kestrels hunt in open areas with few trees and short vegetation.
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

59 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent pictures of the gorgeous falcon!
Well done!
Léia

The Cranky said...

So beautiful; I love hawks of all kinds but these are definitely among my favourites...second only to redtail hawks.

MadSnapper said...

he does look fierce in the second photo and oh so beautiful in both

Anonymous said...

I love its fluffy feathers and beautiful colors. Nicely captured Camera Girl.

Andy said...

Two nice and clear photos. I hope he didn't make any deposits when you were looking up;-0

Darla said...

Great details in these photos. I didn't realize Kestrals were so colorful.

Darla

Lowell said...

Put these in the folder of pictures to be published in your coffee table bird book! Fantastic, esp. the first shot!

The Artful Diva said...

magnificent and majestic - well done!

Judy said...

Nice catch! These are beautiful and colorful little hawks. I got a picture of one in my yard a few days ago. Not as good as yours though.

Rose said...

I cannot come close to getting a shot this good....they fly so quickly.

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are great shots. Around here the Kestrals spook so easily and take off even when a car slows down.

Cindy said...

Amazing. Love that fluffed look. Excellent shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fierce is a good adjective for this beauty -- make up for his smaller size (as hawks go) don't they!

Karen said...

Fabulous captures!

Nina said...

Lovely pictures - the deep, clear ble sky and the beautiful birds!
Nina (your newest follower)

TexWisGirl said...

i love these little guys. so beautiful. great shots!

RedPat said...

I agree with Lowell. You could do a bird book!

Lois Evensen said...

Lovely. I bet he enjoys very tiny mice for dinner. :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic detail of a beautiful bird.

LONDONLULU said...

Beautiful shots of a beautiful bird - I love how clear this looks (oh you're inspiring me to get a real camera:)

Giga said...

Uroczo wygląda szczególnie na pierwszym zdjęciu. Pozdrawiam.
It looks lovely especially in the first picture. Yours.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful bird! He looks warm and cozy.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful details of this little falcon!

cieldequimper said...

Oh my, those are National Geographic shots, right? ;-)

i stora drag said...

Wow, the first one is so adorable! Very nice to see!
Thanks for your comment!
Greetings Pia

Gina Gao said...

These are great pictures!

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Susan Anderson said...

Oh, I love the look of that bird all fluffed out with such beautiful colors.

=)

Phil Slade said...

Thgose are superb shots EG and everyone in the US tells me that American Kestrels are impossible to approach.

mick said...

The Kestrel is beautiful. Great close-up photos.

Anonymous said...

what beautiful captures! Stunning creature!

Stephanie said...

Pretty bird against the lovely blue sky.

Dianne said...

Wow! beautiful against the clear blue sky.

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Unknown said...

Beautiful capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

DrillerAA09 said...

This little fellow is just too cool for words. Very nice capture. Thanks for stopping by Driller's Place.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Awesome shots Cameragirl. B

George said...

Both of these photos of the kestrel are marvelous. You did a great job of capturing it against that brilliant blue sky.

HansHB said...

Lovely photos!

Anonymous said...

Wow ~ this is awesome photography ~ magnificent bird photos ~

eileeninmd said...

The Kestrels have beautiful colors, great shots!

Carletta said...

You sure are capturing the big birds lately. :)
This guy has the cutest face.
Wonderful shots!

Michelle said...

A gorgeous little falcon.

grammie g said...

""Wow"" fabulous bird and shot, one of my favorites especially since I had a first hand observation of them nesting , and hatching out 5 babies in a tree in my front yard a few years back !!
Grace

Janet said...

So sharp!

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful portraits.

Kay said...

Beautiful shots! This little guy looks pretty chilly with his feathers all fluffed out. Isn't his coloring beautiful?

Randy said...

Looks like he just had a haircut.

renae said...

Whao, CG That is an amazing capture of this fantastic bird!!!

Thanks for your fun well wishes, etc. (hug)

Gail Dixon said...

Kestrels are VERY difficult to get close enough to shoot. These are awesome. What lens did you use? I will not be able to post mine after seeing these. Great job!

RuneE said...

Nice ones, with the added effect of the detailed wires. I enjoyed the claws gripping!

Stewart M said...

What a great little bird. I love the way the wire is such a different feel and texture to the bird - its a great image.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Great images of this beauty!

Vores have said...


Gorgeous photos:) Hanne Bente

Wally Jones said...

Nice images of a little guy who is quite camera shy!

tiptoethruphylsgarden.blogspot.com said...

I believe we have these birds here also,but I have never been able to photograph one,beautiful shots!phyllis

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

I think he looks cute all puffed up to keep warm ... but I know better. This little Falcon can move so quickly and hunt with a ferosity that would take your breath away, as I know you know. Beautiful pictures of a wonderful bird.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the bird.

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

Beautiful shots!

Snowcatcher said...

Spectacular! The detail and color are just fabulous.

kayerj said...

beautiful capture.

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